Thursday, June 23, 2005

Local News Briefs

South Reporter wins awards in newspaper competition
The South Reporter won four awards in the 2004 Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were announced during MPA’s 139th annual summer convention last weekend at Bay St. Louis.

Editor Barry Burleson won second place in the Best General News Photograph category. The photo was from the Rust College Founder’s Parade and featured children from the Child Care Center on a float. One girl was blowing a bubble. “Capturing the bubble at the right time – priceless,” the judges wrote.

The South Reporter staff placed third in Best Front Page. “Love the left column with teasers to sports, opinions; local briefs. Great photos, great hard news, contact info on bottom front,” the judges wrote.

The newspaper’s sports crew – Claude Vinson, Barry Burleson and Lawrence White – placed third in Best Sports Page or Section. “Well laid out, well written, good column on NCAA football with mention of former football players from Holly Springs,” the judges wrote.

Burleson also won a third place in the Best Game Story category for his story titled, “Byhalia knocks Prentiss, ‘Big Al’ from 3A tourney.”

The South Reporter competes in Weekly Division A with the largest weekly newspapers across the state. The contest was judged by members of the Tennessee Press Association.

Bluegrass Festival slated for Saturday at Snow Lake
The seventh annual Bluegrass Festival will be held Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Snow Lake Shores.

There is no admission fee, and parking is free. There will be music, food, boat rides, a boat parade and other fun activities. Bring your lawn chairs.

Snow Lake Shores is located 12 miles east of Holly Springs and three miles west of Ashland on Highway 4.

Festival this week in Byhalia benefits Clydesdale Store
It’s festival time this week in Byhalia.

The Clydesdale Christmas Store Festival is Wednesday-Saturday, June 22-25, just off Highway 78 at the Byhalia exit.

The festival opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday evenings, and at 12 noon on Saturday.

Firemen respond to 22 calls; fun day Saturday at station
The Holly Springs Fire Department reports 22 runs during the past week.

Lt. Tracy Jeffries, public education officer, released the following report – 12 medical assistance, three automobile rescues, two brush fires, three motor vehicle accidents and two fire alarms.

Jeffries also reminds the public of the fire department’s fun day and open house this Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend and meet your Holly Springs firefighters. The station is located at 127 W. Falconer.

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